Quote from Alexander Hamilton 

"Allow a government to decline paying its debts and you overthrow all public morality — you unhinge all the principles that preserve the limits of free constitutions. Nothing can more affect national prosperity than a constant and systematic attention to extinguish the present debt and to avoid as much as possibly the incurring of any new debt."

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Alexander Hamilton
(1757-1804) American statesman, Secretary of the Treasury
 
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